Is Sunday’s game against Liverpool a must-win game for Manchester City?

Heading into Sunday’s massive Premier League clash at Anfield with Liverpool Pep Guardiola’s side sits second on the table one point behind Jurgen Klopp’s side. There is no doubt of the importance of the fixture given the rivalry between the two teams and what three points may mean to the victor. But is it a must-win fixture for Manchester City or must they not lose at Anfield?

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A quick look at the Premier League table shows how tight it is at the top of the Premier League. Liverpool sit top of the table with 63 points after 27 games. Manchester City sits a point back on 62 points with Arsenal third on 61 points. Sunday’s game is no doubt a massive fixture. A win for either City or Liverpool would put either team on top of the table with 10 games to go in the Premier League. It could be a massive boost for either team as the 23/24 season reaches its climax.

For the European champions, they’d love nothing more than to pick up a crucial three points in Pep Guardiola’s final Premier League meeting against Jurgen Klopp. Manchester City have only won once at Anfield since 2003. A tough test awaits the world champions at a ground where they haven’t performed at their best. Last season they lost 1-nil to Liverpool at Anfield after a 76th-minute Mo Salah decided the game.

The treble winners know the test that awaits them at Anfield. They have been to the home of Liverpool many times before in high-pressure situations. To get three points City will have to be brave and impose their brand of football on the hosts. If Pep Guardiola’s side can do that it may go a long way in securing a precious three points for the Premier League champions.

A draw appears the worst result that Manchester City can leave Anfield with

Looking at the Premier League table highlights the importance of Sunday’s fixture. A loss to Liverpool on Sunday would put Manchester City four points behind Jurgen Klopp’s side with 10 games remaining. It wouldn’t be an insurmountable lead to overhaul but it would mean that Pep Guardiola’s side would have to be perfect over their last 10 games and hope Liverpool drop points to create history and win a fourth consecutive Premier League title.

A win for City would give them momentum and a two-point lead over Jurgen Klopp’s side. It would also give Pep Guardiola’s team momentum for the run home. It’s a position that the champions know well so a victory could have huge implications for Manchester City.

But a draw would maintain the status quo on the Premier League table depending on Arsenal’s result against Brentford on Saturday. There is no doubt that Pep Guardiola will set his team up to pick up a win on Sunday. But of all the scenarios available on Sunday a draw appears to be the worst result City can leave Anfield with given the status of this season’s title race.

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